God’s Colorful Promise

I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth (Genesis 9:13)

I don’t recall ever seeing a rainbow in person.  I have seen them in pictures.  They are beautiful and colorful.  They are a reminder of God’s promise to Noah and to all inhabitants of the earth.  “It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Genesis 9:14, 15).  After causing a flood where every person and living thing were destroyed because of wickedness, God promised that He would never destroy the earth in the same manner.

I hope to see a rainbow one of these days.  I will stand and watch the beautiful arc of colors and reflect on this visible sign of God’s promise.  It will remind me that God keeps His promises.

Throughout the Bible, we have examples of God keeping promises.  He promised an aging Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son.  True to His word, exactly a year after He made that promise, Sarah gave birth to Isaiah.  God promised King David that, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have walked before Me’ (1 Kings 8:25). 

Sometime later when Solomon, David’s son, sinned against God by committing idolatry, God didn’t remove him from the throne.  He said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.  Nevertheless I will not do it in your days, for the sake of your father David; I will tear it out of the hand of your son.  However I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen” (1 Kings 11:11-13).

God promised His people that there would be a Messiah and Simeon lived to see Him.  When Simeon took Jesus in his arms at the temple where His parents presented Him, the old man declared joyfully, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).  He blessed God for keeping His promise to the world.

Even when our faith wanes because so much time passes after God promises us something, we can be sure that sooner or later, those promises will be fulfilled.  God always keeps His word even when we start to lose our faith.

Thank you, Heavenly Father for the rainbow which serves to remind us that You promised never not to destroy the earth with a flood again.  You are a God who keeps His word and that is why we can always put our trust and faith in You.


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